Detroit Film Theatre


DFT 101: THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI

Saturday, March 17, 2012

4:00 PM

(Germany/1919—directed by Robert Wiene)

One of the most important and enduring examples of German expressionist cinema was brilliantly fashioned by director Robert Wiene to explore the boundaries between madness and sanity, and to render a universe on film that is nothing less than a physical manifestation of internal psychological states. The story of a carnival sleepwalker (Conrad Veidt) who murders at the behest of the demented Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss), Wiene’s film influenced filmmakers from Fritz Lang to David Cronenberg, and remains a fascinating example of how cinematic design, lighting and visual perspective can take us to a realm unique to the art of motion pictures. Presented in a restored, tinted, 35mm print from the German National Film Archive, with live musical accompaniment by David Drazin. (75 min.) 

One of the greatest films of all time. A case can be made that Caligari is the first true horror film.” –Roger Ebert 
 
Admission to all films in the "DFT 101" series is free to DIA member members and also free with paid museum admission. You need only show your membership card or admission ticket at the door. 
 
 

Saturday, March 17 at 4:00 PM